The Trump Administration officially begins with the Inauguration on January 20, 2017, but unofficially began immediately after the election of Donald Trump on November 8, 2016, as the next president of the United States. Due to the Obamagate controversy, Trump was never able to enjoy the traditional "honeymoon" afforded to most new presidents during their first 100 days by opposition media and critics.
The first persons hired to lead the Trump Administration were conservative Steve Bannon, as chief strategist and senior counselor to the president, and pro-Establishment Reince Priebus, as chief of staff. The hiring of Priebus disappointed many of Trump's supporters who hope that he will "drain the swamp" – shrink the federal government – rather than rely on insiders to perpetuate the status quo.
By October 2017, U.S. Senate confirmations for Trump Administration nominations were proceeding at a very slow pace.
White House staff
This is an incomplete table of several White House staff positions of more high-profile members. Note: staff members work inside the White House in close proximity to the president, most all do not require Senate approval, and are not outside department or agency heads. They are the President's personal staff, and most do not hold cabinet rank with few exceptions, notably Senior Advisor Kushner, Chief of Staff Kelly, and National Security Advisor McMaster. Cabinet members, as most all staff as well, must go through the Chief of staff to gain access to the President.
Numerous positions held in previous White Houses remain unreported or unfilled. Some unfilled positions may be by design, and an effort to pare down the size of the staff.
While the First Lady of the United States has an Office and staff budget, including a Chief of Staff and Press Secretary, Melania Trump has been reluctant to assume a bureaucratic role. The President's daughter Ivanka Trump, who was delegated authority by the President-elect to hire White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, works as an unpaid Presidential Assistant with her own chief of staff.
Senior staff have the title Assistant to the President, second-level staff have the title of "Deputy Assistant to the President", and third-level staff have the title of "Special Assistant to the President".
|White House Office||member|
|Office of the Chief of Staff|
|White House Chief of staff||John Kelly|
|Senior Advisor for Strategic Planning||Jared Kushner|
|Senior Advisor for Policy||Stephen Miller|
|Assistant to the President||Ivanka Trump|
|Assistant to the President||Julie Radford|
|Counselor to the President||Kellyanne Conway|
|Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations||Joe Hagin|
|Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative, Intergovernmental Affairs, and Implementation||Rick Dearborn|
|White House Counsel office|
|White House counsel||Donald McGahn|
|Deputy White House counsel||Greg Katsas|
|Special Assistant to the President and Senior Associate counsel||James Burnham|
|Special Assistant to the President and Senior Associate counsel||Uttam Dhillon|
|Special Assistant to the President and Associate counsel||Michael Ellis|
|Special Assistant to the President and Senior Associate counsel for compliance||Scott Gast|
|Special counsel to the President and chief of staff to the White House counsel||Ann Donaldson|
|National Security Advisor||H.R. McMaster|
|Deputy National Security Advisor|
|Assistant to the President for Homeland Security And Counterterrorism and Deputy National Security Advisor||Thomas Bossert|
|Deputy National Security Advisor for the Western Hemisphere||Ricky Waddell|
|Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy||Dina Powell|
|National Security Council director of intelligence||Linda Weissgold|
|National Security Council legal adviser||Micael Ellis|
|Senior National Security Advisor for the Middle East|
|Deputy National Security Advisor for the Middle East||Joel Rayburn|
|Senior Director for Europe and Russia||Fiona Hill|
|Director for Strategy||Nadia Schadlow|
|Deputy Assistant to the President|
|Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations||Jason Greenblatt|
|National Economic Council (NEC)|
|Director of the National Economic Council||Gary Cohn|
|Deputy Assistant for international economic affairs and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council||Kenneth Juster|
|Office of Legislative Affairs|
|Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs|
|Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs||Amy Swonger|
|Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs and House Liaison||Bethany Scully|
|Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs and Senate Liaison||Virginia Boney|
|Special Assistant to the President and Policy Special Assistant||Andy Koenig|
|Deputy Director of Nominations||Mary Elizabeth Taylor|
|Office of Political Affairs|
|Assistant to the President and Director of Political Affairs||Bill Stepien|
|Office of Cabinet Affairs|
|Deputy Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary||Bill McGinley|
|Office of the Staff Secretary|
|Assistant to the President and Staff Secretary||Rob Porter|
|Office of Communications|
|Press Secretary||Sarah Huckabee Sanders|
|Director of Strategic Communications||Hope Hicks|
|Director of Social Media||Dan Scavino|
|Advisor for policy, strategy, and speechwriting||Vincent Haley|
|Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs|
|Assistant to the President and Director for the Office of Public Liaison||George Sifakis|
|Director of Communications||Omarosa Manigault|
|Office of Presidential Personnel|
|Director of Presidential Personnel||John DeStefano|
- Morrongiello, Gabby (October 8, 2017). Trump allies worry new Cabinet-level vacancies will go unfilled for months. Washington Examiner. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
- Formerly chief oversight counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee.
- formerly Investigative Counsel to the Office of Congressional Ethics
- Replaced Ezra Cohen-Watnick. Weissgold assisted in writing Benghazi video talking points for Susan Rice. Cohen-Watnick was House Intl Committee chair Devin Nunes White House contact. http://www.jta.org/2017/04/14/news-opinion/politics/meet-ezra-cohen-watnick-the-nsc-aide-who-reportedly-leaked-intel-to-back-trump-tapping-claims
- John Podesta, David Gergen, Richard Darman, Harriet Miers, Jon Huntsman, Sr., and Andrew Goodpaster all worked in this office at one point in their careers.
- Anthony Scaramucci fired on 7/30/17